Whyte Paddle, Gairloch

Richard, Vivienne, Susannah, Caroline and Andrew met me for an afternoon of kayaking and canoeing in the sunshine. We used a combination of sit on top kayaks, young person sized kayaks and a canoe to suit everyone. Everyone picked up the skills quickly, enabling us to have a good session playing games and exploring the area.

Rhodes Kayak, Laide

Allison and Will joined me for another kayak session. They keep coming back for more – I’m surprised they’ve not got bored of my jokes yet! It’s always good to see up here enjoying the water.

Holmes Canoe, Gairloch

David, Janet, Josh and Ella joined me on a sunny afternoon at Gairloch harbour. We headed out in canoes to learn some paddling strokes, see some wildlife and have some fun. It was a very low tide which meant we were able to spot lots of sea urchins easily as we paddled past the rocky coastline.

 

Easterbrook Witz Kayak, Gairloch

Richard and Claire met me in the rain, it didn’t deter them and we headed off onto the water. Shortly after getting out in the boats the rain stopped and the wind diapered, giving us perfect paddling conditions. The one thing that they wanted to see on our paddle was a seal – the seals didn’t disappoint and we had them swimming close to our boats as we left the harbour area.

Smith Kayak, Gairloch

Alison joined me for an afternoon paddle before coming to the normal climbing wall session in the evening. It was a nice calm afternoon on the water, with a nice bit of wildlife around as we paddled along the craggy shoreline.

Paterson Killroy Kayak, Laide

I met Irene and Alan again for another session, this time from the jetty in Laide. After the great seal experience we had last week I warned them that our wildlife sightings might not meet their expectations, but we had another great wildlife show today. Along with the seals swimming around us we also followed an otter along the coastline – he posed on a rock whilst eating a fish, then he swam towards us to get a good look at us before he made his way along the coast in front of our boats. On our return journey a peregrine put on a display by swooping down and catching a pigeon for his tea. ┬áThe paddling wasn’t bad either.

Gultnieks Lee Kayak, Gairloch

Nibby, Ken and Sue luckily got a lovely calm morning on the water – great for us but maybe not such a good start for the Gairloch boat club sailing races that were due to be starting later on in the day. As we paddled around we saw thousands of little fish schooling and jumping out of the water.

Dewhurst Aitken Kayak, Gairloch

Ashley and Beth were on their tour around the #NC500 and they stopped off for a look at the route from the water’s edge. We paddled from Gairloch harbour, exploring the rugged coastline as we went around, bumping into a number of large jelly fish on the way.

Phipps Paddle, Mellon Charles

Oliver, Sonja, Rafaella, Felix and Oskar joined me in Mellon Charles for a slightly breezy session. We used the wind to our advantage and headed around the coastline with it, using sheltered spots to learn some skills and play some games. Oskar, who joined me in my boat, decided that I had such a great job he’s going to become a canoe instructor when he’s older too.

 

Sophie & Simeon Kayak, Gairloch

Sophie and Simeon met me for an afternoon paddle as part of their #NC500 adventure. They chose the sea kayaks rather than the more stable sit on top kayaks, Simeon might have regretted this later when he inadvertently took a dip.

Claxton Kayak, Gairloch

David, Emilie, Harriet and Matilda joined me at Gairloch Harbour for a fun morning splashing about in kayaks. As well as the piranhas that often join us on the water we had some seals swimming along with us and some lion’s mane jelly fish below us.

 

Cordles Kayak, Shieldaig

Dave, Rebecca, Emily and Elliot joined me for the afternoon session at Shieldaig. The heavy rain shower didn’t deter them or the seals. The rain soon got bored and it cleared into a nice afternoon.

Fereday Kayak, Shieldaig

Peter, Joseph, Amber, George and Emily joined me just south of Gairloch at Loch Shieldaig for some fun in the kayaks. We had a great morning learning skills, playing games, seeing the seals and scenery.

Gero Kayak, Mellon Charles

James, George and Isabella met me for their second session on the water, this time from the old military beach in Mellon Charles. We took the sea kayaks out this time and learnt how they paddle compared to the sit on tops we used the other day.

 

 

The low tide gave us a great opportunity to spot lots of sea life all around the craggy coastline.

 

Vincent Canoe, Gairloch

Julia, Dave, Georgina and Jack joined me for some fun canoeing. We had a great time paddling around the craggy coastline and spotting seals swimming near us. We ended with Georgina and Jack getting thrown from the slip way into the water – for fun, not as a punishment!